In the Super Bowl this year, KFC introduced their new version of Colonel Sanders - the Colonel Sanders Gold. He supplanted the previous NFL Colonel Sanders, making him the sixth successor of Colonel Harland Sanders, the original recipe as it were, who was established in Toobworld as a member of the League of Themselves. (Among his appearances on talk shows and a couple of panel game shows, Colonel Sanders also did a cameo bit on 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In'.)
As for the six "Colonels" whom we've seen in the commercials, the Toobworld Dynamic is turning to Marvel Comics for a splainin about their origins.
From Wikipedia:A Life Model Decoy (or LMD for short) is a S.H.I.E.L.D.-designed robot that duplicates all outward aspects of a living person. The owner can see through, speak through, and control everything the Life Model Decoy does. Nick Fury's Life Model Decoys are probably the most common in the Marvel Universe.
It is designed to function as an exact body double for VIPs. Their design is such that they mimic the subject's outer appearance (i.e., fingerprints, hair, all details of the skin), speech patterns, scent, iris and retina patterns, body language, thought patterns (to fool telepaths), and any other biological indicators. Aside from any invasive procedure and vulnerability to strong EMP, they are indistinguishable from the original.
LMDs first appeared in "Strange Tales" #135 (August 1965), in which the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. created LMDs of agent Nick Fury to use as decoys for an attack by HYDRA.
Currently, 'Agents of SHIELD' just reached the height of their story arc about LMDs replacing the original humans in charge of SHIELD. So they do exist in the TV Universe now. But that's in the dimension of Comix Toobworld which has absorbed the Marvel line of movies as well. As a matter of fact, Nick Fury as played by Samuel Jackson is a member of the TV Crossover Hall of Fame because he has straddled both the many films and this TV show as well.
But Jackson is not the Nick Fury of the main Toobworld. That "honor" goes to David Hasslehoff who played the role in a TV movie which also served as a pilot for a TV show that was never picked up. (But the Hoff did have the blessing and praise of Stan Lee in the role.) Marvel is represented in Earth Prime-Time with the TV series of 'Spiderman' and the one for 'The Incredible Hulk' with additional appearances by Daredevil and Captain America, among others. (The Netflix shows are to be found in Comix Toobworld because they do have tangential connections to the various Marvel movie franchises.)
And androids have been in the main Toobworld for decades, like Hymie the Robot and the Fembots who were eventually defeated by Jamie Sommers. Basically they were all LMDs as well, despite who created them. (Although the TwD does assert that Dr. Franklin designed the original specifications for Hymie.)
But unlike their use in Comix Toobworld, androids have been absorbed into the mainstream of televised life in Toobworld. And so now, in the Toobview, KFC is using LMDs to continue the tradition of Colonel Sanders' image in the main TV dimension. And it only became apparent that they were androids with the introduction of this new golden Colonel Sanders, made of a malleable metal.
Actually Comix Toobworld in the end could be a better choice for the appearance of these KFC LMDs even though their existence should be considered a secret to the public at large. Why? Didn't you wonder why I'm talking about these Kentucky Fried blipverts on Saturday when I usually run blog posts about TV characters as comic book characters?
Well, check this out:
And compare that with this advertising confrontation which led up to Super Bowl XI:
The Flash* and Green Lantern would also be in Comix Toobworld; it's a TV dimension which houses DC Comics characters as well as the Marvel heroes and villains even if they don't interact.
So even though this promotional comic came out first, we can still say that it represents a visualization of TV characters in Comix Toobworld.
By the way, these are the actors who has played the Colonel in these KFC commercials:
* The main Toobworld does have its share of Marvel and DC superheroes as seen in such shows as 'The Adventures Of Superman', 'Batman', 'Wonder Woman', 'The Incredible Hulk', 'Swamp Thing', and 'Spider-Man'. The Flash is in the main Toobworld thanks to the 1990 series, but it was the new version from Comix Toobworld which acknowledged the presence of Green Lantern. This was due to a subtle reference with the use of the Ferris Airfield in the first episode of the new show.